- This post is about gift ideas for children and teens. The ideas steer them toward experiencing life rather than just sitting around in front of a screen.
- On a completely different note is a post my cousins' cousin wrote about longevity in marriage. Their grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this summer.
- And finally, a post by psychologist Kelly Flanagan about living in community. His perspectives are easy to read and give people something to discuss.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Here are three posts I recommend reading.
Friday, November 3, 2017
note: I would not recommend this book to those under 14 due to descriptions of concentration camps
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Tracy Nelson Mauer and illustrated by Tim Zeltner is a title my sister suggested to me this summer. It is a picture book biography of John Deere, a name every farmer's daughter knows. This brief story is like most other biographies, telling of the challenges and successes of a person. Though most people would recognize the name John Deere, this book shed light on what John Deere really made-plows and other horse drawn implements. It is a good book to share with children about U.S. history, biographies, or persistence. I plan to keep this one checked out until my dad gets a chance to read it.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri is a book anyone who is interested in Guatemala should read. Ixchel is a Mayan girl who would like to weave colorful cloth to sell like her mother does. Her family does not have extra thread for weaving, so Ixchel cannot help or make her own things to sell. She looks for something she could use for her weaving. After trying several things, she stumbles across the idea of taking the colored plastic bags which are lying around everywhere and using them. The story highlights the ingenuity and resilience of the Mayan people. Some of the small details in the story reminded me of little bits of the Guatemalan culture and the reality of the poverty there. If you are looking for stories to help children understand more of the world beyond our country, add this bilingual book to your list.
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Christy Hale is a picture book biography worth picking up at the library and sharing with your children or students. Ansel Adams' life is told from when he was very young until his life as a professional and well-known photographer. It is not extremely detailed, but the story does explain his love of nature from a young age and the environment his family provided to nurture his love of nature, learning, and photography. Although this is a picture book, anyone who enjoys the work of Ansel Adams would enjoy this brief biography.